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these negotiations and agreements are inherently zero sum and that for america come first do other countries have to take a back seat, or can agreements be truly win-win? >> look the president believes we can have truly win-win agreements. america first is not america alone. i said in my remarks when we grow the world grows. when the world grows, we grow. we're part of a world economy, and president believes that. he is going to talk to world leaders about making sure we all respect each other. we all abide by the laws. we all have free, fair, open, and reciprocal trade. if we live in a world where there are not artificial barriers. we will all grow and help each other grow. the president truly believes that. he went to the g7. he went to the g20. he went to nato. he went to apec. he went to the u.n. he talked about these positions consistently and this is exactly
what the president is going to talk about at the world economic forum. reporter: one for the general also. general mcmaster, there have been reports in the news recently that leaders authoritarian leaders in other countries particularly southeast asia are using one of the president's favorite phrases, fake news, to describe reporting that is not flattering and reflects poorly on their country and reports inconvenient truths, and president trump has made a point of not publicly talking about things like human rights and freedom of speech, freedom of expression. is he concerned at all, or are you concerned that the president's rhetoric combined with his silence on these issues is creating a climate where authoritarian leaders feel they
have free rein to do what they want and the united states will not speak up publicly? >> well, just not true. just not accurate that the president has enspoken loudly both in words and indeeds and against those who violate human rights. go to his speech he delivered in warsaw where he talked about the importance of individual rights and rule of law. i would say go to his speech in riyadh he said all nations of the world have to come together to defeat this wicked ideology that perpetuates terrorism. look at u.n. general assembly speech where he defined sovereignty as sovereign nations who respect the sovereignty of their citizens and sovereignty of their neighbors. look at his deed, deeds confronts most brutal dictatorial reason gem in the world. how could that not be human rights issue? how about the syrian regime
committed mass murder on it is own people with the heinous weapons on other. what dud the president do. he struck at regime and ability to deliver weapons. how is that not human rights? look at cuban rights, when the policy did nothing so strengthen the grip to authoritarian regime it has different power centers within cuba than better protect the rights of the cuban people. look what the president has said and done on venezuela. the list goes on, this premise, this false premise that the president hasn't spoken on human rights, it is demonstrably false in words but also indeeds. thanks for that question. [shouting questions] reporter: general mcmaster there is lot of talk about you possibly going back into the military. can you tell us today if you plan on staying in your current role or if there is consideration? >> no, i have a job.
it is a tremendous honor to do this job every day, to, advance and protect the interests of the american people, to do my best to provide options to our president and once he makes decision to assist with the execution of those decisions. so i have a job and it is my intention to to as long and as hard as i can in service of the president and the nation in this job. thank you. [shouting questions] reporter: gary, i wonder if you tan talk about -- >> by the way he does a really good job. reporter: actually, don't let me forget to ask you if you're staying in your current job too? >> over here. >> you can answer that one. reporter: first you're going to davos. i want to make sure, what went into the president's decision to go to davos? he is the first sitting president to to since 2000. a lot of what this forum is about seems to go against his populist american-first agenda. can you explain the process.
>> america first, not alone. the president is very proud of the accomplishments he createed in the first year, gdp growth on unemployment numbers what is going on in the stock market, what we've done in reg reform, artificial tax on businesses what we've done on tax reform. we are competitive today. we are competitive with the rest of the world. we have a tax rate competitive with the rest of the world. the president is going to davos to speak to world leaders about investing to the united states, moving businesses to the united states. hiring american workers. changing the direction of our economy to be one of the best, most efficient economies in the world. the president has done that, as i said, as he has gone around the world, that is what he talked about. he is firmly committed to doing that, being the best salesperson the united states has to drive economic growth and drive prosperity and drive a better quality of life for american citizens. reporter: you talked a great deal about some of the positive
economic numbers. can i get you to drill down on workforce participation rate, dol, gave it a 62.8% back in june of 2017. what can or is the administration doing to get number up 70, 75, higher. >> so i talk about it, the first friday of every month, sometimes the second, when unemployment number comes out. we had two really disappointing components of the unemployment rate, of the unemployment report, not just this year but for the last three, four, five years. we had no wage growth in the united states and our participation rate has remained stagnant at best. part of our tax reform plan was to get people back into the workforce. we need to create more jobs. by creating a tax system that allow us to compete globally with the rest of the world, we're now at 21% corporate rate and effective rate for personal
businesses allows them to compete with the rest of the world. we can now compete. with you come beat against the rest of the world you grow your brings and hire people. when you compete for labor you compete by wages. we need to see wage growth in this country, something we've haven't seen in almost a decade. when we see wage growth we'll mick it economically realistic for people to come back into the workforce. it will make sense for them to come back in the workforce. the alternative cost of staying out of the workforce will be way too high once we start seeing wage growth. big catalyst for everything we are doing, better-paying jobs, higher-paying jobs and grow the economy, tax a broader base. that is exactly what our whole premise is behave on. so far the very early data looks very good. so we're excited about where we're going. reporter: thank you. today the president announced new tariffs and the prime minister of canada also announced big trade deal with 10 other countries. what do you say to critics who argue the president is giving up
the united states seat at the global trade table? >> first of all i disagree, today the president announced the culmination of something that has been going on for a long time. these were individual companies that tried various remedies, i mean if you read the cases they're extraordinary what these companies had to go through to try to protect american jobs and american workers against unfair practices from other countries. so you finally see companies bring cases in a bipartisan system. they go through the system. it goes up to the the ustr the ustr make as recommendation based on bipartisan commission. the president make as ruling. the president made a ruling that will make the u.s. competitive to help us grow our economy. just so happen on the washing machine side both of the companies that have been creating enormous problems for the u.s. manufacturers of
washing machines are going to open up manufacturing fa submits the united states, hiring over 1600 workers. that is exactly what the president wants to see. he wants to see companies moving to the united states to build their products in the united states. ultimately we're getting the outcome that we want to get. on the solar panels, he left enormous amount of latitude in that decision that where we actually have a business which is making the, making the panels, not the actual cells, the cells can be imported. we're protecting our panel-makers because we do make panels here in the united states and we should continue to make panels an hire more workers in the united states. >> on broader question of having canada, you know, take the lead on a big global trade deal, and the united states really pulling out of some of the global trade deals, are you not concerned, not concerned within this administration giving up the united states -- >> the president said this through his asia trip. he said in europe. we are very open to free, fair
reciprocal trade. if you treat us one way, we will treat you the same way. if you have no tariffs, we will have no tariffs. if you have tariffs we will have a reciprocal tariff. it is hard to argue that we would trade people equally. that is our trade policy, that is the trade premise. reporter: related to that a year ago at davos president xi made a big splash internationally. seen asserting himself as taking world leadership at the expense of the united states in some respects. is president trump going to make any effort to counter that? is his appearance here any effort to to counter that. >> the president's appearance is there to sell his accomplishments, to remind the world that we are open for business. that we're a competitive country. that we have made america very competitive, and that everyone should understand what he has accomplished in his first year what we're going to continue to accomplish in the next three
remaining years. the ceos we're having dinner with as i said. they are european-based companies with large presence in the united states. there is no reason for those presence shouldn't be much larger. the president wants to hear from the ceos. what do they need to have more of their business in the united states. this, he is doing exactly what he should be doing to grow our economy and create jobs in the united states. reporter: about china and the influence that it is exerting now and a lot of people observing that it is exerting because the u.s. has pulled back from a lot of these international -- >> the u.s. is pulling back from nothing. the u.s. is involved, when the president was out in asia, he talked about trade agreements and his willingness to have bilateral trade agreements with many of the countries he visited in asia. we're more than willing to have bilateral trade agreements. [shouting questions] >> behind you. reporter: like to get both of to you talk about -- >> good. reporter: about the africa meeting.
it deals with economics. it deals with national security, as well as immigration. in light of all the controversy over immigration and alleged racist comments that were made can you both talk about that? also how you're trying to quell the upset of the african union and african leaders after last week. >> well the president will be building on what was very successful meeting with african leaders on side of the u.n. general assembly, late last year. and it was in that meeting, in some remarks that i think could have received broader attention the president laid out a very clear direction for our relationship with key african nations in particular. and the need is obvious for to us work together on issues of security. our interests overlap completely in the area of transnational terrorist organizations, and others who are attempting to polarize societies, create cycles of violence, tribal and sectarian violence is a grave threat to security and prosperity as a result. and our interests overlap in
encouraging american, american investment in africa and african investment in the united states. the president and administrator green have laid out a very clear vision for how we want to evolve our economic relationships and our development initiatives in africa in particular in the national security strategy. africa is the perfect place for us to transition from just delivery of assistance to robust trade and economic relationships that benefit the people of the united states and the people of africa. as you know, there have been tremendously successful programs. the pepfar program, for example, that shows the power when the united states works with key african leaders and communities to take on threats that are health-involved and you see tremendous security and operational relationships over time. there is a lot they will talk about, especially because
president godifi over the head of african union. this is the mutual agenda within the mutual interest of the african continent and interests of the united states. [shouting questions] reporter: how would you characterize the relationship with britain at the moment given the decision of the president to pull out of trip to the uk next month? do you think there will be a fresh arrangement made for visit to take place in foreseeable future? >> well of course the president is prioritizing his meeting with prime minister may because we do have a special relationship. it's a special relationship not only in words but how we work together really on every issue. it is very, very hard to find any place where our interests don't overlap almost completely with those of the united kingdom. we're working together in effective manner with the u.n. on some of these problems in bilateral sense, international
nations but bilateral i, the president will talk about the key topics of mutual concern. you can imagine what those are. so, we have seen, obviously no diminishment, only growth and strength of our relationship and cooperation with a great ally. reporter: pull out of going? >> two more. you, you. in the back. reporter: you mentioned the president wants bilateral trade agreements you made it pretty clear he doesn't like multilateral ones. tell us what bilateral agreements are in the works right now and when do you think they will be complete? >> look, we have ambassador lighthiser working on a bunch of different agreement as we speak here. he is also involved in nafta, nafta at that at that -- renegotiation. conversations with korea, renegotiating some terms in korea. he has a lot on thinks plate. reporter: [inaudible] >> there are new discussions we're starting to work on.
reporter: specific discussion. >> i'm not going going to. i will let ambassador lighthiser handle the negotiations. when he wants to make them public he will make them public. ayman. then sarah will come back. reporter: [inaudible]. the question often asked by critics isn't this just hurting american consumers who want to buy washing machines or solar panels, that they will pay a i here price at the store when they do that. how do you answer that? >> on the washing machine situation, both these companies are opening manufacturing plants. one could be open within the next 30 days or less, which open, will hire 1000 new employees there. so they will be moving washing machines here in the united states. we do have a very large domestic manufacturing of washing emergencies. when we looked at it, we studied this quite extensively, i said
this was a a very rigorous process. they made a recommendation. the trade ambassador held hearings as well. he made a recommendation. there was extensive meeting with the president. the president understands that. he understands the importance to the economy and the price of consumer goods to consumers. we've taken all into account as we made decisions. the president cares enormously about growing the economy and keeping the economy on the right track. making sure our consumers have the best opportunity possible. he cares very much about the workforce in the united states and making sure that we create a great job environment, we create workforce participation. and we create wage growth. we have got to get both of those right. something we're committed to do. thank you very much. [shouting questions] reporter: you've been to davos a lot during the course of your career. the president i don't believe has been there before. what is one thing you think he will find there that he wouldn't expect? >> a lot of snow. 14 feet of snow.
[laughter]. i've never seen 14 feet of snow there either. interesting to see. >> thank you, director cohn, general mcmaster, before we get started with questions, i have a story that i would like to read and deliver a special message from the president. today an inspiring family and a brave little girl from brownsville, texas, are facing a challenge that inspiring their friend and neighbors and now hopefully an entire nation. nine-year-old sophia maria peters suffers from a rare disease that causes the blood vessels in her brain it narrow and close. three years ago this condition resulted in sophia enduring four massive strokes. the strokes left her partially paralyzed. since then she has undergone numerous surgeries but faced each one of them with fearless exuberance for life that warms the heart of everyone she needs. when the doctors told her she would never walk again she disis them. when you talk about what i want
do i don't want to hear it. let me try. not only tried bud succeeded leaving her doctors dumfounded. when they asked how she is doing these things, she had a simple answer, because i'm awesome and she smile. during summer of august 2016 she had more strokes but suffered. the mom told the doctors the girl has mom on her side. her daughter's incredible faith could have profound impact on others in a world where things are so bad and ugly, so much loss of faith, she said people needed to here sophia's story to hear a new terse at thatment to god's grace and glory revealed. sophia will undergo brain surgery at boston's hospital, she has one request, entire world to pray for her on the day of her surgery. in her amazing nine-year-old mine, that meant creating a goal reaching 10,000 people. we want to make sure she gets that, far exceeds it, sophia, i'm here to tell you millions of people every corner of the world
will pray for you on january 26th, among those people here at the white house including president trump, he told me toll tu keep fighting never give up, keep inspiring us all, never lose faith in god. with him all things are possible. thought that was very inspiring a great message for all of us to remember and remind us. so thank you, sophia, for your strength and for reminding us of that today. with that i will take your questions. steve. reporter: sarah, how far apart the parties are on the immigration deal, how hard will it to get a deal by february 8th? >> i don't think they're that far apart. look you saw a perfect example of their ability to come to the table and talk about a lot of things. i think there are a couple of places where everyone agrees. daca is something both republicans and democrats, house and senate want to find a permanent solution to that border security, democrats may not agree on the exact amount but they people agreeing to
that. and their willing to do that? a lot of individuals both democrats and republicans voted for ending chain migration, ending lottery, ending visa lottery system in the past. that indicates their willingness and agreement on that issue as well. i think there are some, certainly the maybe the depth to which we go in each of those areas. that is part of the negotiation but we certainly think there are a lot of things that we agree on. i think if we focus on what we agree on, a lot more than what we disagree on, we have a lot of progress and hopefully get to something that helps everybody and solve as big problem. reporter: what will the president do to facilitate an agreement? >> he will do what he has been doing, talking to members from both the republican and democratic side, house and senate. one of the things that has been very important in this process, one of the things really important in the shutdown process the president has laid out exactly what he wants to see, and he has laid out the
principles that need to be addressed for a piece of actually willing to sign. i think that is a huge first very important step and help facilitate those conversations and help us move this forward. sara. reporter: nobody knows for sure that they will reach a deal on daca, could they envision a scenario which the dreamers are deported, is that something the president is okay with? >> the president is stated what he would like to see happen. at this point the president is willing to sign something to find a permanent solution for daca, and he has placed the responsibility which the constitution has placed. reminded the congress it is their job to get legislation passed and sent it to him. he will play a big role in the process. but it is on congress to get that legislation through the two bodies and hit the president's desk. reporter: budget director said the president's position on daca
depends what the white house get in an immigration deal. is the white house using these "dreamers" as bargaining chip. is that the strategy? >> not at all but you can't fix the problem if you tinker with the immigration in a small way. we want to make sure we're not having this problem and this conversation and fight in two years and three years and four years. we want to address making a permanent solution to daca but at same time closing loophole so we don't have to continue having this battle. we also want to put some things in place with border security because if you don't, you're not actually solving the problem. you're just extending it and make us deal with it at later time. kevin. reporter: sara, thanks. this is something in the news quite a bit over last week or so representative devin nunez apparently has a memo created for the house intelligence committee describing based on early reports of a certain level of what appears to be bias at the fbi. is it the president's opinion that this memo should be released so that the american
people can see what the house intelligence committee has observed? >> we certainly support full transparency. we believe that is at the house intel committee to make that decision at this point. as i said yesterday, and we have said many times before on number of different issues we certainly support that transparency. it sound like there are some members in the house that have some real concern with what memo and very strongly, american public should be privy to see it. at this point i haven't. i will lean on these reliable individual to go through that process of what that looks like but again we support full transparency. not that i'm aware of. reporter: apparently what the memo is based on underlying intelligence or information that resigns in the executive branch at the justice department. so as the original classification authority would the president be willing to declassify it if the whole country would see it if he
believes in transparency? that would take the question away from representative nunez and colleagues in the house and make it himself? >> i haven't had that conversation with the president right now. that is going through the process with the house intel committee. we should feel like they play the role at this.f it doesn't happen, we address it at that point. jordan. reporter: want to address immigration a group of conservatives in the house have a bill that solves the criteria president laid out, goodlatte proposal. wondering what are the thoughts on that bill, would he support congress passing that, would he sign it? >> i believe it addresses the principle would be laid out and something we would support. john? reporter: thanks a lot, sarah. president on two occasions spoke of special counsel robert mueller's investigation as a witch-hunt and hogan gibbly on the team used same phrase when asked a question about it. if mr. mueller asked the president to submit to an
interview, is that something that the president would be open to? >> look as we've said probably just about every day this year since we've been here that we'll be fully cooperative with the special counsel and we're going to continue to do that throughout the process but we're also not going to comment on who may or may not or could be interviewed at any point but we'll continue to be fully cooperative with the process. reporter: sarah, is it a witch-hunt as the president has said and other members of the administration has said, why doesn't the president just get rid of bob mueller? just fire him? mr. gidley also said he is wasting taxpayers money. in that regard, why don't he end the investigation because it is wasting the taxpayers money. >> we want to see this come to complete and full conclusion. i think we all know what everybody in this room would do if the president did that. i don't think that is helpful to the process. president wants to see this end and wants to see them finally
come to the same conclusion that i think most everyone in america has, there is nothing to this. spent better part, most of you spent better part of year, digging obsessing trying to find something. have yet to find anything. in fact a cnn reporter admitted over the weekend when you talk to people about russia and that is all we talk at cnn basically, they say they don't care because it doesn't have any effect on their lives. frankly this administration, we've said it time and time before, there was no collusion. there is nothing to it. we're ready to move on. clearly the american people are. my guess is some of you are probably tired of talking about it as well. hopefully we'll get to that point soon and we can do that. reporter: couple questions on immigration. you sound a lot more conciliatory today. when you talked about democrats voting in the past to end chain migration, that was part of the "gang of eight" bill a comprehensive immigration reform bill. you said you can't tackle this
in a small way. do you want to have much bigger bill to solve the whole immigration problem? is that what you're talking about? >> as we said and the president stated when he had the meeting where he have one was at the table, we'd like to see at a minimum of the four principles addressed. right now, we're focused on very singularly making sure these four principles are addressed. reporter: in terms of the four principles how they're addressed, you wanted chain migration addressed, but maybe the death which we go into it would be negotiated? >> i said the depth which we agree is the point i was making. he was asking specifically about the differences of republicans and democrats. reporter: are you insisting on a complete end to chain migration for the president to not deport the dreamers? >> we would like to see and end to chain migration, yes. reporter: if you don't get it is he willing to start deporting
them march 5th? >> i will not debate or negotiate with you, mara. that is what we're doing with the house and senate. we'll come up with something that gets us to a place where we end chain migration. that is one of the priorities we laid out for the administration. reporter: sarah, we ask you now that the special counsel interviewed the former fbi director james comey, it is important to understand exactly what the president's position is exactly what went on in the conversation between the two. the question is simply, is the president saying that james comey lied when he said trump, the president asked for his loyalty and suggested he should drop the flynn investigation? >> out of respect for the special counsel i will not weigh into my matters beyond that will refer to you the counsel -- reporter: president is public about this i want to be clear to the american people and investigators. >> there is nothing else to add at this point beyond his comments. anything further would have to be directed to the counsel here at white house out of respect for the special counsel and their process. shannon? reporter: sarah, the president tweeted about the missing text message as the fbi.
he called it one of the biggest stories in a long time. does he think there is cover-up? why does he think there is one of the biggest stories in a long time? >> i think he thinks there is great cause for concern, five months of text messages gone missing particularly give the individual has part of that process already been shown to be extremely biased against the president. what seems to be involved in very inappropriate behavior. and that certainly is a great concern. you guys are absolutely obsessed with everything to do with collusion, if it has anything to do with the president. we hope that you will take some of that same obsession, energy and fervor and direct it to some of the places where it looks like there could have been some really inappropriate and possibly illegal behavior. reporter: follow up on fbi. does he think there needs to be staff shake-up at the fbi? >> look we have 100% confidence
in director wray. if anybody will make that decision it will be the director. and we're going to leave that in his hand to decide whether or not he feels there need to be changes made. reporter: related to that, sarah, does the president have any concerns about andrew mccabe or knowledge or acceptance of he and others in administration-eyed via texts and other pieces of information something seriously wrong in the upper echelon of the fbi? >> we have spoken about the fact that the we felt the fbi at the top with director comey and others had been politicized. i haven't spoken with him directly about that but certainly more generally speaking that it had become political. that is one of the reasons that the president wanted director wray there, somebody of impeccable integrity to make those decisions and if changed needed to be made he would do so. >> director wray he said did not threaten to resign. how did he know that.
>> that would be based on conversations he had with director wray. i haven't been part of those. i can't speak any further. reporter: did he ask director wray himself? >> that would have been part. i wasn't part of any conversations. reporter: only reason i ask, he was here talking to the don mcbegan, the white house counsel. i'm curious if the president went to him to find out what the counsel was, the fbi director was concerned about these reports? >> director wray is the head of the top law enforcement agency. it is very routine that he would speak to the white house counsel as well as the attorney general. as i understand it the conversations they have had have been routine and focused on things dealing with his position, not whether or not he would keep it. so i can only speak to what i know. anything further you should ask the department of justice or the fbi, those conversations. reporter: follow up on that to ask you directly, does the president think that andrew mccabe should step down? >> i haven't asked him that question. reporter: you talked about
concern about the leadership previously at the fbi. does the president have concerns about the current senior leadership at fbi beyond christopher wray, not including christopher wray who he expressed confidence in today? >> we haven't gone member by member but i know the president has complete confidence in director wray and his ability to determine if there are any issues and to make those decisions. reporter: current political bias against the fbi and upper echelons of the fbi? >> again i haven't gone member by member of every single person in the top ranks of the fbi. the president has a great deal of respect for the rank-and-file members of fbi and he has a great deal of confidence in director wray. he feels if any changes need to be made, the director will make that decision, carry them out. john? reporter: thank you, sarah. a follow up question on that, several references were made and considerable publicity was given to the use of the term, secret
society within the fbi. have you had any discussions with the president about it? does he believe there is secret society within the federal bureau of investigation? >> no we have not discussed any secret societies. i couldn't speak to their existence either. >> yes, sarah. the president is about to speak to the turkish president erdogan about turkey's offensive in syria. what message does the president want to get across to turkey about that? >> what i said yesterday, i want them to de-escalate. you can expect that to be part of the conversation. i'm not getting ahead of their call. we'll have a readout when that take place. i believe that is tomorrow. take one last question, charlie. reporter: thank you, charlie. follow-up to kev's question. if the house intelligence committee the will release the memo, the president has to sign off on it, is the empty committed to sign off on it? >> my understanding that he doesn't. if they make at that decision
that wouldn't be something the president would need to be involved in. thank you guys so much. have a good day. david: the white house press briefing with two costars today, besides sarah huckabee sanders sanders. we had the president's chief economic advisor, gary cone, and the president's national security advisor, general mcmaster, both not taking the press lightly. not taking fools lightly but i think they would suggest they're part of the same thing. they really went after some of those questions. melissa: they were challenged on number of topics from the economy to the proposed tariffs they're talking about right now, to the trip to davos, to the president's human rights record and spiking out against human rights. in each case i think it is fair to say they batted down the questions from the press. even welcomed them, in one case thanked them for asking, after they had beaten the reporter to a pulp. david: there were two main contentions. one that the tax policy had nothing to do with the economic growth and investment that is going on right now in the country, spending more on
payrolls, spending more on expanding business. gary cohn shot that down. the other you mentioned the fact that the president wasn't speaking out for human rights when in fact they had to reinmind the press this president attacked syria after they used wmd. he mentioned a number of other points the president is insist extent on human rights. melissa: a long list. you want us to go to our panel. here we go. moments ago, white house press secretary sarah sanders slammed bipartisan immigration agreement proposed to the p take a listen. >> unfortunately the flake-graham-durbin agreement does not meet the ben marks, it would not secure the border, encourage more legal immigration and end to chain migration and end to visa lottery system. in short it is totally unacceptable to the president. it should be declared dead on arrival. melissa: here to react, hadley heath manning independent
women's forum, and richard fowler. hadley, senator schumer has taken a beating in the aftermath of this little teeny, tiny shutdown. how do you see things shaping up from here? >> you know i agree with secretary sanders who said during her press conference the two parties are not really as far apart on immigration deal as it seems. it has been in crucible as we had a government shutdown and during impending government shutdown hard to come up with details of a deal that address four issues together, that affect daca recipients. i believe that going forward the parties if they take the government shutdown off the table and negotiate purely on the issue of immigration, my hope is that the parties come together. melissa: richard, what do you think about that? it seems when you look at details they aren't that far apart. >> they aren't that far apart, when sarah huckabee sanders says this will be a real fix to america's broken immigration system that is not true.
even if president trump gets a wall, end chain migration and family reunification, and end diversity lottery, there are still 10 million individuals in this country who are here illegally living in the shadows this bill doesn't deal with. congress if they want to get something done for the american people and fix our broken immigration laws written in the 1980s, they have to look at the thing holistically and comprehensively. what dem are asking for fix for the daca recipients. not whole enchilada. melissa: a step in the right direction, i agree what you're saying, it would be hard to tackle the whole entire immigration thing right now when we had no progress on immigration in so long. >> i agree. melissa: turning quickly to davos. just looking forward as to what is coming, this is what secretary sanders had to say. >> the president is going to davos to speak to world leaders investing in the united states. moving businesses in the united states. hiring american workers. changing the direction of our economy to be one of the biggest
and best and most efficient economies in the world. melissa: so, hadley, maybe this is the other half of that immigration discussion is the idea of getting america back up and running and focus there. do you see the connection between these two? >> absolutely. i think president trump has an important story to tell about the success of the american economy. more importantly the united states as a country, we have a great story to tell about immigration as a part of our history. very important to our workforce. and that's certainly an economic issue, just like it's a social issue. my hope that moving forward that the trump administration will continue to pursue an economic agenda that includes deregulation, includes a tax reform package benefiting american workers and addresses issue of immigration. melissa: richard, more jobs is better. >> more jobs is better. here is my thing on davos. i look at davos in vacuum. which tariffs on washing machines and solar power i agree
with. a lot of folks at davos disagree vehemently. they think this affront to free trade. this is the president's problem when he goes to davos. he can't say america is open for business and at same time stamp tariffs on industries booming. melissa: sure he can. that is the opening offer. you want to negotiate, renegotiate all the trade deals, my opening offer i will slap a tariff on your product. >> mind you, melissa i agree with these tariffs. these tariffs protect american workers but they're long overdue but what happens is you go to davos you make the argument, world leaders and business owners look at you can't say you believe in this when you know the price of washers, foreign washers will go up 20% in the united states. melissa: that's right. >> this is a very tricky, this will be a very tricky needle for this president to string. i commend the president, but i think tariffs on solar panels and tariffs on washing machines, help companies like whirlpool,
american manufacturer of washing minutes help the american worker but i think it's a good idea. melissa: i think they do know it is counterproductive and raise the price -- >> why is it counterproductive. melissa: he knows they will move factories here in order to do what he wants to many could ply. it is about a negotiation, not tariffs. >> a tariff also puts tariff on some washing machine inputs and solar panel inputs which could cost american businesses and american jobs. mind you, i think tariffs are a good thing. melissa: guys, thank you. david? >> thanks, melissa. >> the justice department officials are confirming now to fox news and special counsel robert mueller's team has questioned attorney general jeff sessions. this is the first time a member of the trump administration has been questioned by mr. mueller. this has new shocking revelations found with more texts of these go figures, members of the fbi. congressman john ratcliff, said the texts prove direct anti-trump bias at agency.
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david: texts negative fbi investigator peter struck and lawyer lisa page. in one of the biggest stories, president trump says it is missing five months of worth of lovers struck strzok-page techs. 50,000, all in prime time. wow. joining me congressman radcliffe, member of homeland security and judiciary committees. congressman, go to something sarah sanders raised, at least questioned this reference to secret society. do you know anything about that? >> i do, david. it is good to be with you. congressman gowdy and i spent several hours going over the
newest batch of text messages between lisa page and peter strzok. i can tell you that there is a reference to secret society. and that reference comes in the immediate aftermath of donald trump's election as president. david: so it was, was it in reference to a group of people in the fbi that were working hard to reverse what voters just decided, that donald trump be president? >> well, again, secret society is not my term. that is the term -- david: i'm asking you to read their minds which is unfair, but if you can extrapolate based on what earth texts -- extrapolate based on other techs you read. >> i can't tell you what they meant but there was society included at least those two and possibly others that had more than just a bias against donald trump and one towards hillary clinton but a manifest intent to act upon that.
i think that is reflected as you look at the aggregate of all these text messages. david: is there anything that you have seen would qualify as illegal behavior? >> well, i'm careful, i used to be a federal prosecutor. david: right. >> i used to accuse people of crimes. i'm not in that business anymore, what we do is oversight as member of congress but what i can tell you is, the level of bias here is so stunning and alarming, and when you start doing more than just expressing bias but acting on it, it certainly raises the question about whether or not they were able to influence the ultimate outcome of these investigations that involve both hillary clinton and donald trump. you know, congressman gowdy often says that lady justice is blindfolded and hold asset of scales. what you don't want is the justice department to have their finger on the scales. so that is really the question
that we have to continue to look at here. were they able to influence the outcome? david: it is pretty clear peter strzok was able to influence mr. comey in the terms of the language he used that would have decided whether hillary clinton was innocent or guilty but specifically with regard to donald trump, the question of whether andrew mccabe, who is the assistant fbi director, was a part of this group, if you will, the secret society, that was trying to undo the election of president trump, should andrew mccabe, if indeed it is he they were referring to, constantly talking about andy, we saw andy during this day, during that meeting, if it was andy mccabe they were talking about, who was part of this secret society, should andy mccabe step down assistant fbi director? >> well, again, i don't know whether or not that is the same andy. there is a reference to andy as part of the insurance policy or plan. and so you know, i don't know whether or not that is andy
mccabe. we haven't in the course of our investigation yet been able it determine who that is. there is question whether or not the fbi has determined who that is. david: right. >> you mentioned jim comey, i will tell you this, david. one of the other things come out of this text, i think jim comey has a problem. he testified very clearly he made the decision not to prosecute hillary clinton for handling or mishandling of classified information after her july 2nd interview. these texts along with other emails that we've seen and other documents and other testimony are inconsistent with his sworn testimony under oath. david: right. >> so, you know he either has to have the opportunity to come back and clarify that or assert his fifth amendment rights. david: very interesting stuff. john radcliffe, thank you for coming in, sir appreciate it. >> thank you. you bet. good to be he with you. melissa: more news from corporate america in anticipation of big tax cuts. what jpmorgan and disney are announcing today.
david: white house chief economic advisor gary cohn touting correlation between tax cuts and companies investing more in their workforce. jpmorgan coincidentally announcing a pay raise to $18 an hour and 4,000 new jobs. disney also announcing employees will get 1000-dollar bonuses. omb director mick mulvaney had this to say earlier. take a listen. >> we think that we've underpromised on the tax reform and the impacts that we could have in the economy. we are absolutely confident, when folks see the check, not only take-home check we think they will be pleased with, but when the opportunities come in. david: bring in heather zumarriaga, vice president of vision four, a financial analyst, and gary kaltbaum, kaltbaum capital management
president and fax news contributor. -- fox news contributor. even the imf upgraded their gdp will be go up to 3.9% because of tax cuts. even if the imf is admitting it maybe they did undersell it a little bit. >> yes, i find it completely you have a full that the press is grilling gary cohn up there, when you have over 200 companies that are putting in their statements that the reason for giving back to employees is because of tax cuts, and deregulation. david: right. >> they're spelling it out for you. it doesn't have to be the imf that is doing it. companies are doing it. so i'm not sure where the marketing message has been lost but it shouldn't be because jpmorgan is not the first and certainly won't be the last. david: yet, gary, we continue to hear the democrats and press corps itself underplaying effects of the expansion of
businesses because of the tax cuts referring to them very often as crumbs, et cetera. we actually did a calculation. the increases in the minimum wage that jpmorgan and other companies are talking about amount to $6,000 a year for some of these minimum wage workers who are making -- if you're making 30,000 a year and you get a $6,000 raise, that is very important. >> oh, it is just crumbs. that doesn't help them out at all, come on. i was amazed, one media guy asking a question that it had nothing to -- basically saying that the, all this has nothing to do with trump or the tax cuts. i couldn't believe it. you know, for me the real story is, not all this, because there is going to be hundreds of more companies but two weeks ago tim horton's doughnuts, they lowered benefits for their employees because canada decided to raise mandate of minimum wage on them forcefully, guess what, the opposite happened.
this speaks for itself. if i'm the republicans i'm yelling and screaming about this all the way to november. watch what happens to the poll numbers. david: although i'm kind of wondering if it might not be to their advantage underplay it a little, when much more than they even said it would be, they can really tout it big time come the november elections or at least leading up to the elections. guys, i'm sorry we had to truncate the segment. we had a lot of breaking news. gary, heather, good to see you both. appreciate it. melissa: a crucial vote about to be underway in the senate that could have big impact on the future of our markets and economy here and abroad. we will explain after the break. insurance doesn't have that. r what?! you can leave worry behind when liberty stands with you™. liberty mutual insurance. :
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